After watching our 2007 League Cup Final triumph and 2016 Scottish Cup victory from the stands, Hibs centre-half Ryan Porteous is determined to taste success as a player.
Ahead of our Premier Sports Cup Final against Celtic, we caught up with lifelong Hibee, Ryan Porteous.
Having grown up in Dalkeith, Ryan is a born and bred Hibee, supporting the boys in green and white all his life. He is one of our academy graduates and has gone on to make over 100 appearances and counting for the Hibees.
At seven years old Ryan was in the stands at Hampden Park, watching Rob Jones lift the League Cup in 2007 after defeating Kilmarnock 5-1 in the final.
“I was at the game, it was probably one of my earliest memories from football. I don’t think I understood how big the game was until I saw the first goal go in and I saw people’s reaction. You saw how much it meant to the club and the people of Edinburgh with the parade and everything.”
Nine years later, Ryan was back at Hampden Park, as a fan again, watching his beloved Hibees win the Scottish Cup for the first time in 116 years. A day he describes as the best day of his life.
“To this day it was probably the best day of my life in football. Sunday would top that off if we managed to lift the cup.”
Now Ryan, has the chance to play his part in bringing more silverware back to Easter Road – a challenge which he relishes.
“Winning a cup is everything I wanted to achieve with Hibs since I was boy. I was very disappointed to not win one last season. We said we had unfinished business to take care of. We have put ourselves back in a position to go and win it. It would mean everything to us to go and lift it."
On our road to the final we overcame Kilmarnock (2-0) and Dundee United (3-1), before beating Rangers 3-1 at Hampden Park in late November. Although our league form has dipped recently, Porteous insists the morale is high in the camp after midweek win over Dundee leading up to the final.
“We are excited. These are the games you want to be playing in. In the last couple of seasons we have had decent cup runs but we have nothing tangible to show for it.
“Nervous and excitement are the same thing for me. It is the big games you want to be playing in, Sunday is no different. We know it will be a tough game but we are confident group, there is a lot of belief in the squad and we are going there to bring the cup home.”